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Kansas City-Style Ribs Recipe
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Kansas City-Style Ribs Recipe

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Our family recipe for ribs has evolved to near perfection. These country-style beauties are a legend in our close circle. — Linda Schend, Kenosha, WI
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Grill: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour + chilling Grill: 1 hour 25 min.
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons each garlic powder, onion powder and smoked paprika
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons each ground cumin, coarsely ground pepper and cayenne pepper
  • 12 bone-in country-style pork ribs (about 7 pounds)
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 rib equals 453 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 101 mg cholesterol, 452 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 31 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar and seasonings; sprinkle over ribs. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour.
  2. For sauce, in a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 5-6 minutes or until tender. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat.
  3. Wrap ribs in a large piece of heavy-duty foil; seal edges of foil. Grill, covered, over indirect medium heat 1-1/4 to 1-3/4 hours or until ribs are tender.
  4. Carefully remove ribs from foil. Place ribs over direct medium heat; baste with some of the sauce. Grill, covered, 8-10 minutes or until browned, turning and basting occasionally with remaining sauce. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Kansas City-Style Ribs in Taste of Home June/July 2013

Nutritional Facts

1 rib equals 453 calories, 18 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 101 mg cholesterol, 452 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 31 g protein.

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Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014

This recipe was awesome! I made boneless ribs and cooked them in my smoker - the rub and sauce were outstanding. I decreased the cayenne a little and still thought there was plenty of kick. Will use this recipe often :)

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Reviewed Aug. 22, 2013

I loved the rub, but I didn't think the sauce was as flavorful as my own homemade sauce (which contains many of the same ingredients as this sauce). Next time I will use the rub, though perhaps with a lighter hand with the cayenne pepper, but will substitute my own sauce, which I make and can 6 pints at a time.

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Reviewed Jul. 26, 2013

This recipe is awesome!! I cooked the ribs in the oven and the came out so tender. The sauce really had a great favor...my family loved them.

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Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

This may be the best BBQ sauce I have ever had. I used boneless spare ribs and put them in the slow cooker with the dry rub for 8 hours. Then I made the sauce, covered the ribs with sauce in a baking dish and baked in the oven at 350 for 20-25 min. I had to make myself stop eating these!

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Reviewed Jul. 13, 2013

Delicious! We made them for 4th of July and slow-cooked them in the oven.

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